Dan Schein creates darkly humorous paintings in a somber palette and with robust, fervid brushtrokes. Influenced as much by boyish fables, graphic novels, and time spent in densely-wooded areas of Wisconsin, as by the paintings of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Hieronymus Bosch, Schein's compositions are intimate at the same time that they are vast. The subject matter is redolent – sometimes vaguely medieval, other times faintly biblical – and because of this, we find ourselves searching from painting to painting for a narrative that may never cohere. Schein's scenes are all, in one way or another, unabashedly absurd, though never silly. Even while they mock Painting's traditional, self-aggrandizing methods – with excessively thick, bravado-laden brushstrokes and ironically melodramatic figures – there's an underlying seriousness, an intimate intensity, to his work.
Dan Schein was born in South Africa and now lives and works in New York City. He has had multiple solo shows with Galleri Tom Christoffersen in Copenhagen (Denmark) as well as with Galleri Brandstrup in Oslo (Norway). In 2010, the artist won a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.